Work by 150 Maine photographers will fill all four galleries of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., in “Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later, 2000-2009.” The second-largest exhibition ever presented at CMCA, it will open with a public reception Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. and run through Dec. 5.

Representing a broad spectrum of stylistic and technical approaches, this broad survey exhibition affirms the ever-increasing presence of the art of photography in Maine over the past decade, as well as the exponential growth of the use of digital technology in contemporary practices. Photographs of landscapes, architecture, documentary scenes, and abstract and conceptual work are among the highlights in the exhibition.

Participating artists are all contemporary photographers who are either Maine residents or who have a long seasonal history in Maine. Local photographers participating in the exhibition include Benjamin Magro of Appleton; Margot Balboni, Marcie Bronstein, Susan Guthrie, Kevin Johnson and Liv Kristin Robinson of Belfast; Charles Altschul, Tillman Crane, Maggie Foskett, Jim Hughes, Kate Izor, Dorie Klein, Dirk McDonnell, Patrisha McLean, Jim Nickelson, Cyndi Prince, Dianna Rust, Craig Stevens, Scott Stoughton, Dana Strout and Brian vanden Brink of Camden; John Paul Caponigro and Paul Caponigro of Cushing; Jeremy Barnard and John Goodman of Friendship; Dee Peppe, Chris Pinchbeck and Amy Wilton of Hope; Jonathan Levitt of Lincolnville; Bob Brooks and Peggy McKenna of Montville; Gary Briechle, Matt Smolinsky, Sarah Szwajkos and Mat Thorne of Rockland; Jonathan Brand, Pat Duncan, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Jon Laurence, David Lyman, Tim McLaughlin, Peter Ralston, Jan Rosenbaum and Joyce Tenneson of Rockport; Roberta Baum Gardullo of South Thomaston; Elizabeth Greenberg of Thomaston; and Alan Eastman and Linda Eastman of Waldoboro.

“Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later” is intended as a follow-up to “Photographing Maine: 1840-2000,” held at CMCA in 2000, which remains the most comprehensive overview of the history of photography in Maine to date. Around half of the 120 contemporary photographers included in the last exhibition are in this exhibition as well.

“With this current exhibition, CMCA continues its role as the only arts institution within the state to provide a look at the entire spectrum of Maine photography, reaching back nearly 170 years,” said exhibition curator Bruce Brown.

CMCA has published a 200-page catalog to accompany the exhibition. In addition, an online exhibition at will feature four images from each photographer, giving a broader view of each artist’s work. The images also will appear on screen during the exhibition.

“Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later is” sponsored in part by the CMCA Thomas Peter Michelena Fund for Photography, Bowdoin College, the Maine Media Workshops and Maine Home+Design and Maine magazines.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation; $5 is suggested for non-members.

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